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Several incidents this Friday morning – traffic’s a mess

July 17th, 2015 by Mike

WSDOT 6:15 a.m.:

UPDATE: The I-5 express lanes are now open. Continue to consider alternate routes as the express lanes will get jammed up quickly.

To summarize the situation on southbound I-5 in Seattle:

1. All lanes southbound I-5 at SR 522/Lake City Way are blocked due to a collision involving a Seattle Police Department vehicle.

2. The backup as of 5:25 a.m. is about 4 miles.

3. The I-5 express lanes are in the process of being opened but there is no estimate for when they may open or when mainline lanes will open.

4. Drivers are urged to delay their trips if possible or use alternate routes, and to expect significant delays.



* 15th Avenue Northeast at Northeast 97th Street is closed because a Metro bus hit a box truck.

* An officer-involved shooting has closed Northeast 65th Street at Ravenna Avenue Northeast.

* Many morning commute buses are being re-routed and traffic is a mess.

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No piano in our park this summer

July 16th, 2015 by Mike


Photo courtesy Dan Mortensen.

Maple Leaf Reservoir Park won’t get its own piano this summer.

Unlike last year.

The locations of Pianos in the Parks were announced at noon today.

The closest piano to us is at Green Lake.

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Where’s Popsi -the dog lost near N. Seattle College?

July 13th, 2015 by Mike

Update July 14:

POPSI’s BEEN FOUND!!! YAY! She was at a house on 105th near where she jumped out with her leash still on. She was hiding behind a shed in a large yard with her leash trailing out. Thanks so much for everyone’s tireless help! (From the Facebook site, below.)

The map shows potential sightings of Popsi – the dog lost July 7th near North Seattle College.

Christy emails this afternoon: “I just wanted to let you know that the dog you so kindly posted about last week is still lost, and there is now a substantial reward. See the attached flyer (below). Thanks.”

In addition Popsi now has a Find Popsi Facebook Community.

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Seattle Times asks: “What’s the most important election issue in your district?”

July 11th, 2015 by Mike

With voting in Seattle’s first city council elections by district starting next month, our news partner The Seattle Times is asking readers:

What’s the most important issue in your district?

Seattle City Council elections will be a bit different this year, with voters electing representatives by district for the first time.

The change has drawn a larger and more diverse pool of candidates than in years past, with nearly 50 candidates vying for seven district seats and two at-large positions. The tone of the campaigns is also different as many of the candidates work to appeal to voters on hyperlocal, neighborhood issues.

What is the most important issue in your district? What will you ask a candidate who rings your doorbell or appears at a public forum?

To participate, take the Times’ survey here. You will be asked for your name, email address, phone number and cross streets.

The Times is in the beginning stages of mapping the responses along the lines at right.

There are also questions about identifying specific issues, and what you’d like to see done about them.

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20th Annual Maple Leaf Ice Cream Summer Social!

July 10th, 2015 by Mike

Maple Leaf Hardware’s Mike Kelley + ice cream.

It’s referred to as the  Maple Leaf Ice Cream Summer Social, and for good reasons.

One thousand, seven hundred and fifty reasons.

That’s the number of ice cream bars (sponsored by Maple Leaf Ace Hardware) consumed at the social last July, according to the Maple Leaf Community Council.

This 20th year the social is Wednesday, July 29th, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Ice cream by Ace.

Clown balloonist sponsored by Maple Leaf resident Dawn Porter.

Face painter by two guys and a dog (Charlie, Ed and Gus).

The social, always on the last Wednesday in July, is next to the playground area at Maple Leaf Reservoir Park.

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Cat Egan lost since Wednesday night

July 9th, 2015 by Mike

Lawrence emails:

Our cat went missing in the middle of the night, July 8th, through an open window. He didn’t have his collar on. If you see him or find him please call.

He is shy, very much a scaredy cat. Attractive and sweet. His name is Egan, and may respond to that.

If you find him or see him around, please call Lawrence or Felice at 206-367-7111


Egan is missing from Northeast 85th Street and Second Avenue Northeast.

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New at Maple Leaf Park’s north entrance today

July 9th, 2015 by Mike

New at Maple Leaf Reservoir Park’s north entrance this morning.

Also, (most of) the graffiti is gone.

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Dog lost near North Seattle College

July 8th, 2015 by Mike

Christy emails about Popsi, the lost dog:

Do you ever post about lost dogs? Our friend’s dog was last seen at Northeast 105th Street and Wallingford Avenue Northeast at 7:30 last night and we are all searching for her. Here is the description. Thanks for any help you can give.

**MISSING DOG IN NORTHGATE/NSCC** (North Seattle Community College)

A large (about 55 lbs), white with brown spots, female dog went missing near North Seattle College this evening (Tuesday, July 7th). She won’t approach people she doesn’t know but will approach any dog (she loves other dogs).

If you see her or any dog resembling her, please call the number below with the location. Please do not chase. She has tags and a microchip.

206-251-1265 or 253-732-0885

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Confirmation: Heat stops later this week

July 7th, 2015 by Mike

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Abolish single-family home zoning in Seattle?

July 7th, 2015 by Mike

Seattle zoning is back in the headlines, just as campaigning heats up for next month’s primary City Council election.

“Get rid of single-family zoning in Seattle, housing task force says in draft report,” the headline in question, is on Danny Westneat’s column posted today.

“We can still be a city for everyone, but only if we give up our outdated ideal of every family living in their own home on a 5,000 square foot lot,” a draft letter from the committee co-chairs reads….

The committee voted 19-3 to recommend replacing single-family zoning with a “lower density residential zone” that would allow duplexes, triplexes, rooming houses and more backyard cottages and mother-in-law units in areas now dominated by single houses on lots with a yard.

The draft report was not supposed to be public – yet – and the task force is not happy with Westneat and The Seattle Times.

“My co-chair and I are very disappointed that you and The Seattle Times have chosen to undermine the efforts of the HALA, a citizen advisory group, by prematurely releasing an unapproved draft of our report,” (Faith) Pettis and David Werthheimer, the other co-chair, emailed in a statement.

I’m electing to release it anyway because I have always felt these advisory committees on crucial topics facing the city should be open to the public and not conducted in secret.

If neighborhoods are given more political power by our new system of electing council members by district, this report won’t go unnoticed. In comments on the column: “Poll the city council candidates. Find out if they would support abolishing s.f.d. neighborhoods, or if they would reject any such efforts. Let voters know.”

The draft report is here. Final recommendations from the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) Advisory Committee are due to the mayor on Monday.

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Block-long yard sale on N.E. 90th this Saturday

July 7th, 2015 by Mike

Mary emails:

Maple Leaf multi-family rummage sale.

Saturday,  July 11, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

At multiple houses on Northeast  90th Street, between Roosevelt Way Northeast and 12th Avenue Northeast.

Items for sale include furniture, toys, clothes – both kids and adults, baby gear, books, sports equipment, household items, china, camping gear and more!

We will also have a lemonade and treats stand for your refreshment.

Please stop by and visit your neighbors.

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Municipal League ratings in City Council races

July 6th, 2015 by Mike

The non-profit Municipal League of King County this afternoon released its ratings for next month’s Seattle City Council primary election.

In the new Council District 5, which covers the vast majority of Maple Leaf, the league rated one candidate – Mercedes Elizalde – “very good.”

In District 4, which covers the southern toe of Maple Leaf, the league rated one candidate – Rob Johnson – “outstanding.”

The longtime incumbent, Jean Godden, whom the league was unable to interview, was rated “good.”

In endorsements last week, The Seattle Times picked Deborah Juarez in District 5 and Rob Johnson in District 4.

As for the two citywide districts, here are the Muni League ratings:

More about the ratings and the Municipal League can be found at its web site.

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Urban sketcher sketches Maple Leaf construction

July 6th, 2015 by Mike

Tina emails this morning:

Hello, Maple Leaf Life! I was walking at the park this morning (hadn’t been there in a while) and noticed several construction projects. I tried to search the blog for info on what is going on but couldn’t find anything. If you’ve already reported on it, would you point me to the post(s) with details? Here’s my blog post.

Most of the construction at the park is related to re-constructing the underground reservoir to the proper earthquake standards. That will take about 10 months.

Crews are also replacing a communications shack on the park’s west side, beneath the antenna tower.

Tina, who blogs about sketching at Fueled by Clouds & Coffee,  goes on to say:

I actually have a ton of sketches from the Maple Leaf neighborhood, but I don’t consider this far north to be part of Ravenna or Roosevelt, so I haven’t been putting them in that Flickr group. If I started a Maple Leaf Flickr group for images, do you think there would be interest?

Seems like there would be. ??

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This morning at Maple Leaf park

July 5th, 2015 by Mike

Debris field.

Also, more graffiti. (To report, 206-684-7250.)

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Yellow Lab mix missing overnight

July 5th, 2015 by Mike

Update 4:24 p.m. @ALL At 3pm our dog Mugi has been returned to us by Seattle Animal Shelter!! Thanks to all that kept an eye out for her.

Jeff emails overnight:

Our 13-year-old yellow Lab mix named Mugi found her way out of our fenced back yard last night (Northeast 98th Street and Eighth Avenue Northeast) at a little after midnight and is now missing.

She did not have her normal collar on and due to her age her hind legs are weak, and she can’t travel far. We have combed all around her normal walking route and nothing so far. She is very friendly.

I have attached a recent picture of her.

Please call 206.601.5088 if you see her.

Thank you.

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